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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.

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Life Lessons

4 Years of Travel

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A Last Look at China

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My Writer's Retreat

Creative Revolution Retreats Feb 2015!

My Favorite Sunsets in Panama


Why do we only pay attention to sunsets while on vacation?

I think this is sad.

When was the last time you looked up and really saw a sunset? I don’t mean briefly glancing as you punch in a text on your smartphone, but actually putting it down to watch muted changes in the sky? On a regular ol’ Monday?

We don’t pause enough to reflect, or even worse, we ignore what’s relevant — like living in the moment.

We are always obsessed with the past or ticking off what’s next.

An ugly realization: sometimes a moment is all we have.

Creative Revolution: What Can One Week of Writing Do?

Leigh and I

It was magical.

This phrase has been used and misused in a crapload of poorly written articles.

But my week in Costa Rica really was magical.

It seemed like I lost my mind — announcing that Leigh Shulman and I were launching a writer’s retreat for women only, to inspire them to get writing and believe in their damn selves.

What Are my Upcoming Plans for This Week?


I’m taking a brief break from Panama and heading to a place that I recently discovered for a special purpose!

I’m still pinching myself that all our hard work paid off.

It was a risk for both Leigh and I to take — when previously our work involved solo efforts (with my occasional team project).

Washington, DC in the Cold


Before I ever stepped foot in Washington, D.C. numerous warnings used to hit my Facebook feed.

Oh, don’t go there — there’s so much crime!”

“Washington has some scary neighborhoods.”

When I taught in China, there was a popular exercise I did with students when I assigned groups an American city and they presented which monuments they wanted to see and how much they planned to spend on this once in a lifetime vacation to the United States.

Nobody groaned about being assigned New York City or San Francisco — but when it came to Washington D.C., dissenting voices arose. “But teacher, Washington is dangerous, yes?”

I lacked an answer because at that point I’d never been to D.C., nor did I want to express a misguided opinion.

Does the Versalette Work?

Remember a while ago when I sung the praises of the Versalette?

But maybe you didn’t believe me, so I gave one away to Sarah Glashagel in hopes that she would also start a choral group over this travel garment? And sing hymns about it’s usefulness?

If you recall, the Versalette is a garment that can be worn 30 different ways. If you’re on safari and need a cover-up for your head,  this is your go-to solution. Or if you want to wear a dress one evening for the hell of it, welcome to va-va-voom.

It’s Okay to be Single


Panama’s Bocas del Toro is the only province in the entire country composed of islands (nine, to be exact).

Located on the Caribbean side, it’s ingredients are simple: a bit of hedonism, pulsating music soaked in reggae or calypso beats, and water breaks worthy of world-class surfing. It’s been my temporary home for the past two months.

It’s also full of men. Roving, seeking, and unafraid to engage. This is a surprise to me after living at a yoga resort with women in Costa Rica. I’ve been offered more dates in the last two months than I did in my entire two years in China.